FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

 

What is the FAFSA?

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Aside from your college applications, the FAFSA is one of the most important documents you will need to prepare during your academic career. The information collected on the FAFSA is used by most colleges and universities to determine your eligibility for state aid and scholarships. It is also used to help determine a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is the expected amount of money that a family is expected to contribute toward funding their student’s education.

Filing the FAFSA is FREE and gives you the opportunity to access the largest source of financial aid to help fund your college career.

How to apply for the FAFSA

Apply for your federal pin: 
https://pin.ed.gov/
Both you and your parent/guardian will need to apply for a pin. The pin is a 4-digit number unique to you and your parents. You will keep this pin the entire time you are going to college and will use the same pin for your own dependents at some point.

Start the FAFSA
https://fafsa.ed.gov/
The first “F” in FAFSA stands for FREE! There are many websites that will prepare your FAFSA and file it, but they will charge you to do so. Always make sure that the web address ends in “.gov”

For more information on the FAFSA connect with your Upward Bound Advisor or visit the Federal Student Aid site at : http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa#why-fafsa

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